Maria McBride

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27 07, 2022

All to play for this Playday!

2022-07-28T15:32:09+01:00July 27th, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events, School Age Childcare, Young People|

There is not long to go until this year's Playday, taking place across the UK on Wednesday 3 August. The theme for this year’s national day of play is All to play for – building play opportunities for all children. Get involved! Events Register your event on the Playday website to share with [...]

22 07, 2022

Youth@Play helping youth workers deliver a Summer of Play

2022-07-22T14:17:33+01:00July 22nd, 2022|Training, Webinars, Young People, Youth@Play|

PlayBoard's Youth@Play project builds on the capacity of youth workers to facilitate play in youth centres for their younger members. This summer, the Youth@Play team are supporting youth workers across the sector by sharing weekly resources - PLAYmails packed with ideas, and short webinars with advice on making 2022 the best [...]

19 07, 2022

Free pop-up play sessions in Mid & East Antrim

2022-07-19T15:12:23+01:00July 19th, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events, Young People|

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, in partnership with PlayBoard NI, is bringing town centres to life this summer with its Pop-Up Play sessions. As part of the town centre action plan to drive footfall and to repurpose Town Centres, six free Pop-Up Play sessions have been organised to take [...]

15 07, 2022

Webinar: Using Social Media in Marketing Your Childcare Business 26 July

2022-07-15T14:37:05+01:00July 15th, 2022|School Age Childcare, Training, Webinars|

This webinar will discuss various social media platforms and how to make best use of them to market your childcare business. Join PlayBoard online on Tuesday 26 July, 10:00 - 11:00am or 6:30 - 7:30pm. Close to half of the world’s population use some form of social media – that’s 3.03 billion [...]

27 06, 2022

PlayBoard announces Alan Herron as new CEO

2022-06-27T08:42:45+01:00June 27th, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Alan Herron succeeds Jacqueline O’Loughlin as Chief Executive of PlayBoard NI on 27 June, following her retirement. Alan has served as PlayBoard’s Director of Service Delivery and Development since 2009 and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the community/voluntary sector. Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, PlayBoard Chairperson commented: “On behalf [...]

23 06, 2022

PlayBoard CEO retires after 18 years leading organisation

2022-06-23T14:08:26+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Following 25 years working for the child’s right to play and 18 years leading PlayBoard, Chief Executive Jacqueline O’Loughlin is stepping down on 23 June. Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, PlayBoard Chairperson commented: “Jacqueline has been a wonderful advocate for children and young people in Northern Ireland, and their right to play [...]

23 06, 2022

Celebrating the TOPS schools in Northern Ireland

2022-07-19T15:22:53+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Schools, TOPS|

Ten schools across Northern Ireland are the latest recipients of a quality award in recognition of their outstanding outdoor play offer. Awarded by PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development of children and young people’s play, the Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) Award is presented to schools for their [...]

9 06, 2022

FreePlay Project

2022-07-01T15:07:13+01:00June 9th, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events|

* FULLY BOOKED * Please note: These sessions are only open to those who have pre-booked and unfortunately there are no places left. In partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, PlayBoard is delighted to offer a FREE play programme to children within the community. This programme provides children [...]

8 06, 2022

PlayBoard and NCN engage in new collaborative initiative

2022-06-08T17:49:56+01:00June 8th, 2022|School Age Childcare|

School Age Childcare/Play Development Officer PlayBoard and the National Childhood Network (NCN) are delighted to launch a new collaborative initiative to support the development of School Age Childcare services in the Republic of Ireland. This new initiative, built on previous collaborations between NCN and PlayBoard, has led to NCN’s engagement [...]

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